Since it is 2020, there is no need to start this article with the general truth that so many people travel around the world nowadays, that finding an exotic destination that is not very touristically popular is a very difficult task. This is why plenty of people opt to visit places that are not only culturally completely different from their own country, but also places that provide a very good living.
It doesn’t matter if you are going there for a week or two or you are a digital nomad who wants to spend a couple of months at a specific country, you will have to do some research on the country for both of these options. One very popular destination is Singapore, with more and more people hitting the airports to see what this amazing place has to offer. So, if you are one of those people, take a look at some of the most important things that you need to know beforehand:
Before the trip
So, the first thing you need to do is set the right date for your trip to Singapore. Even though each place in the world has the ‘’perfect time’’ to visit it, Singapore is a tad different as the best time to visit it is basically during the entire year. The place is always hot and humid (so there is no need to wait for summer or winter), but bear in mind that the monsoon season is from November until January. During this time, there is a chance of raining heavily, but this is only a speculation as not every monsoon season is a wet one.
How to get around
Once there, you will have to think about the transportation that you are going to use. Singapore is not a small place, so you will have to opt for one of the transportation options. Of course, the best would be to have your own car, or either rent one, so if you can manage that, good for you. In this case, you can buy a user-friendly petrol credit card that will reward you with cashbacks and discounts when you refuel at a gas station that is an affiliated partner.
If not, however, as the option of you having your own car there is not that probable (especially if you are going there for a short period of time), you can use the perks of the public transport which is amazingly organised. There is the option of the MRT (the Mass Rapid Transit, which is their own version of the metro), and you can pay for the ticket with cash or with your credit card and Apple Pay. Apart from that, there is also the option of a public bus that is quite frequent, and a taxi or Grab (on demand car service) that might be a bit pricier.
Where to stay
As far as the accommodation is concerned, there is not room for a lot of thinking here. Obviously, the most popular means of accommodation in Singapore is a hotel, and you can find a hotel for any wallet. The second option is the AirBnB, but bear in mind that technically, running an AirBnB in Singapore is technically illegal. Even though staying in one is not, there might have been instances where guests have been turned away by the building security, so you will have to check this before you pay for your apartment.
Apply for a visa
It is also very important not to forget to apply for a tourist visa as this is something that many people tend to forget and thus have to cancel their trip to Singapore. Getting a touristic visa in Singapore is not a difficult task, but you will have to do it in advance, so the best time to apply would be at least one month prior to your trip there.
What to see in Singapore
Singapore is a place with many places to see. Even though it might not be the most culturally rich place in Asia, it definitely has certain pearls worth visiting. The first tip would be to go online and find any museums, galleries or similar places that you would like to visit. If you have to pay a ticket for some of them, make sure to book them in advance as queues might be longer. As far as the places worth visiting are concerned, do not miss the following ones:
- Marina Bay Sands, which is the hallmark of Singapore and the place that you most definitely have to see.
- Chinatown, which is a great place to visit if you want to see some traditional colonial-era architecture and Chinese temples. This is also the place where you will see some of Singapore’s most iconic restaurants.
- The Little India District, the most colourful district not only in Singapore but in the vicinity as well. If you want a henna tattoo, this is the place to get one.
- Gardens by the Bay, a very popular and huge maze of greenery, both exotic and local. It is located just behind the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
As you can see, Singapore really does have things to offer, but it is up to you if you will have an authentic experience there or not and if you will pay less or choose something expensive. If you sit down and make your plans in advance, you will definitely have a good time and get the best value for the trip. Bon voyage!